Pastor’s Notes

Endurance: Matthew 24:12, 13, 14

Hupomone’: Endurance (also can mean cheerful (or hopeful) endurance, constancy:–enduring, patience, patient continuance (waiting). Hupomone’ is probably one of the most significant functional words found in the entire Bible for a true believer.

Matthew 24 is set in End Time but that includes “the now” also. Pastor noted the gas masks on one of the slides where the military was in training and helping another, but I apologize for not knowing or hearing to what it related? (JS; sorry)endurance

Personal endurance from an earthly point of view is very similar to the life of Saul BEFORE the Damascus road incident that changed him forever. He was extremely consistent in his pursuit of the church of believers; going house to house, city to city, taking these Jews into captivity and bringing them before the Sanhedrin.  He had enthusiastically watched the stoning of Stephen.

After the Damascus Road, Saul’s wood shed incident, he took that same “endurance” he used to eliminate the Christian church, but now he put it into his witnessing for Christ. There is probably some influence left over from watching Stephen’s “endurance to the end.”

Since true Christianity is a way of life, endurance means consistent living, bible study, fellowship with other believers, and being of one mind. Galatians 5:22, 23 lists the fruits of the Spirit; not the gifts of which a believer. There is a significant difference. However, listed in Galatians 5 we also find the word patience/forbearance. These fruits should reflect in a consistent Life in Christ…love, joy, peace, forbearance (i.e. patience or endurance), kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.

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